The summer sun beating down everyday is making for the current unpleasant and excessive heat.
My only place for solitude is to start laying down near to a thousand floor tiles in the bathroom and kitchen.
After a couple of sessions there are now 42 carefully placed terracotta squares squashed down in Havrans special cob mud mixture base.
Having been reluctantly putting off this humongous task for an excessive amount of time (no such thing as a small job at this cottage..), there is now a dash to have the job completed before the summer disappears. With the way the hot stifling days are it seems a very long time away.
Certainly the hot weather has given nature something to think about. A collection of unfortunate stiff insects is mounting up, crispy tinder dry grass has given up to grow anymore, and the crusty ground is becoming to appear like one large broken egg shell.
Our dogs, panting like a couple of steaming locomotives, are happy to sleep the days through for relief.
And the plum season has finally arrived in full. Falling like stones, and in abundance as normal, the heat is certainly on.